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The Boy Scouts of America publish a number of references online at your local Scout Shop or online at As a corporation, the BSA National Council has Bylaws that provide the most important rules for the corporation. Next come the Corporate Polices, then their support documents, and finally other documentation, handbooks, and manuals.

For Advancement under the BSA National Council, the precedence of documentation is:

  1. Bylaws (and Rules)
  2. Policies: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing (including key Bylaws)
    Guide to Safe Scouting: Online   Printed
    Insignia Guide: Online   Printed
  3. Policy support documents:
    Boy Scout Requirements #33215: Online   Printed
    Alternate Requirements: Tenderfoot-First Class   Eagle Scout   Alternate Merit Badges
    Eagle Scout Application #58-728
    Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook #18-927
    Guide for Merit Badge Counselors, etc.
  4. Handbooks, etc.: Boy Scout Handbook   Scoutmaster Handbook   Troop Committee Guide Book
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